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The Noah Tradition

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In recent years there have been a growing number of publications devoted to the Noachic traditions. A large bulk of the surviving Noachic fragments is associated with the Enochic materials. In some Pseudepigrapha texts, "the words of Noah" often follow closely "the words of Enoch". One of the Pseudepigrapha texts which attests to such uncommon criticisms against Noah is 2 Enoch. This chapter investigates these anti-Noachic tendencies in the Slavonic text of 2 Enoch. It examines certain features of Noah's story which come under attack in these polemics. It has been shown that in the course of anti-Noachic polemics, the elements of Noah's story are transformed and his traditional roles are given to other characters. In contrast, the text of the Slavonic Enoch attempts to build an alternative to the traditional targumic/rabbinic line of interpretation, which serves as a parallel to the official Noah-Shem line.

Keywords: anti-Noachic polemics; Noachic traditions; Pseudepigrapha texts; Slavonic Enoch



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